Grab a tissue because Mark Harmon will face an emotional situation on NCIS Season 16 Episode 5 when he tries to exonerate a Marine who might have been wrongfully convicted of a horrific crime.
The episode titled “Fragments” will feature an appearance from Charlie Robinson in the role of Ray Jennings who is behind bars for life for a murder he might not have committed.
Harmon’s character, Agent Gibbs, and the rest of his team are called to investigate Jenning’s case after a recording over 50 years old is unearthed.
In a teaser, the Naval crime investigation team dives into the tape left by a murder victim hoping to find evidence to free the Marine who is serving a life sentence.
The preview of the episode also shows Gibbs (Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) meeting with Jennings while he is in prison hoping to find the truth about the murder.
It is not all smooth sailing for Gibbs who appears to clash with Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) because they do not agree on the direction of the case.
In the next episode of #NCIS, an incarcerated U.S. Marine could be exonerated when the team discovers new evidence… From this first-look photo, we think this episode might be a tear-jerker. pic.twitter.com/YcwLW4goBU
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The outcome of the investigation is not revealed, but it appears to affect Gibbs who gets emotional at one point prompting Agent Sloan (Maria Belo) to reach out to him.
In an interview, Harmon said Gibbs will always have secrets for viewers to discover and added: “NCIS was never a show about criminal cases because sometimes we solve them, sometimes we don’t. This is a show about characters. The audience takes real ownership of the people we play.”
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He went on to say: “And I like that. I was never interested in playing him with a big red S on his chest. I’m much more attracted to the underbelly stuff. Gibbs is a loner, with emotional scars a mile deep that run in a million different directions. At work, he’s a leader. But who is he if you take away his job? I play him, and even I don’t know the answer to that. [Laughs]”
What are your thoughts on this new episode? Is NCIS better without Pauley Perrette? Where do you see the series going?